BMW Shows Off Next-Gen iDrive with Gesture Control at CES [w/Video]

BMW‘s iDrive system has surely come a long way since the days in which everybody was complaining about how difficult or counter-intuitive it was to use. Now, it’s one of the best and most advanced such systems on the market.

The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show saw the unveiling of BMW’s new iDrive system which features a larger touchscreen with gesture controls. What this means is that you no longer have to use a wheel or even touch the screen itself if you need to focus on driving on simply doing something else. The non-contact gesture recognition offers you the chance to simply take your hand and make various gestures in front of the screen, and the system will read, interpret and execute your commands.

The gesture itself needs to be made in between an area limited by the gear lever, steering wheel and iDrive display so that it can be recognized by a 3D sensor mounted in the roof. This sensor will know if you’re pointing with one or two fingers or if the thumb and index finger are being moved towards each other (pinch, zoom in, zoom out, etc).

You can also use a rotating motion to adjust the volume on the radio, raise a finger to accept a call or swipe your hand to decline it.

However, this is not all that BMW have managed to do. They haven’t forgotten about the rear seat occupants and so they also introduced the Touch Command – which is essentially a tablet which connects to the car’s infotainment system via Wi-Fi. The tablet itself is kept in a crash proof holder and looks rather sleek and modern inside the cabin.

All this tech should be available on the next generation BMW 7 Series and we can’t wait to try it out for ourselves.

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  • Guest

    Great job bmw, well done.

  • eb110americana

    You can conveniently reject an incoming call by bitch-slapping your passenger.

  • R1S0

    so it is easier and safer moving you hands like crazy than press the button at the steeringwheel? are you serious BMW?! WTF!!!

    bring something REALLY usefull please!

  • MG

    MY CAR OPERATES WITH JUST ON GESTURE AIMED TOWARD THE REAR WINDOW.

  • Ken Lyns

    Wonder how well the camera works at night?

  • murta7

    god damn it i just bought a bmw 4 month ago n now they come up with this stuff

  • Jack Newl

    )))))) Horror, what’s next?! BMW seems to be completely lost its spirit, and is transformed into another gadget on wheels, sad!

  • k king

    Can I use my middle finger to reject a call from someone I don’t like?

    • MG

      CAN’T HURT.

  • Braddo

    mmm – my Samsung phone has this – great in theory but any movement sees it changing/adding pages scrolling etc. Not so good in practice….

  • kv12

    Okay, remember to those who thinks this is unnecessary. BMW is just giving customers what they want, a lot of people actually asked for this which is why they are developing it. You have the choice to use the buttons, the touchpad iDrive controller, the touchscreen or gesture control. Whichever you choose, and if you don’t like it don’t check it off on your options list because this will not be standard aside from being in the G11 7 Series.

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